Wavves at Mohawk outdoor. The San Diego pop-punk musicians that prefer not to be called surf-rockers despite the fact that they named themselves Wavves have been keeping busy. Lead singer Nathan Williams launched a garage rock side project called Spirit Club and earlier this summer the full band dropped a collab album with Cloud Nothings that many have hailed as one of the year’s best. The band has a new album out on Oct. 2, so expect to hear a mix of your old faves and soon-to-be hits. — D.S.S.
Christopher Cross at Paramount Theatre. Since his return from California a few years ago, 1981 Grammys sweeper Christopher Cross has become an ambassador of sorts for Austin music through his work with musicians’ advocate All ATX. That organization’s first compilation in 2013 opened with Cross’ new-day-rising signature “Austin Sunrise,” and last year he followed up with a full-length album, “Secret Ladder.” He’ll play songs both new and old at the Paramount Theatre, with New York-via-Austin rock and pop songwriter Billy Harvey opening. $35-$72. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.
Ruby Jane performing Jeff Buckley’s “Grace” at Empire. Last year the fiddle prodigy turned refined indie folk rocker celebrated the 20th anniversary of Jeff Buckley’s classic album (which, incidentally, was released three months before she was born) by playing it in its entirety. Her interpretation received rave reviews; words like breathtaking and spine-tingling were tossed around. If you missed it the first go round, “Hallelujah” for second chances. Garage pop band Major Major Major opens with their take on David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust.” $5-$10. 7 p.m. doors. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com. — D.S.S.
Also: It’s not “Sweater Weather” yet but Cali alterna pop outfit the Neighbourhood swings by the Stubb’s outdoor stage with Bad Suns and Hunny. Australian duo Big Scary plays its new single “Organism” and other songs later on the Stubb’s indoor stage. … The new album from Airborne Toxic Event bubbles with a dark intensity. They bring their “Songs of God and Whiskey” to Emo’s. … Soulful acoustic jazz duo Tuck & Patti plays out west at One World Theatre. … Arizona trio Lydia (which contains three dudes not named Lydia) brings their earnest indie rock to the Parish. … Influential experimentalist Gary Wilson, touring behind a new album on Cleopatra Records, plays a 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records followed by an evening show at Spider House Ballroom with his band the Blind Dates. … California alt-country outfit the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash play the White Horse. … 1960s Central Texas psychedelic band Bubble Puppy reconvenes at Threadgill’s South with Jimmy Wallace & the Stratoblasters. … Local indie folk-rockers the Eastern Sea team with Walker Lukens & the Side Arms and Ramesh at Holy Mountain. … Old-time vaudevillians Whiskey Shivers team with bluegrassers Wood & Wire at Scoot Inn. … Catch accomplished Austin singer-songwriters of different generations with Michael Fracasso (with Charlie Sexton on guitar) at Strange Brew and Dana Falconberry at Cactus Cafe. … Western swing’s the thing at the Broken Spoke with the Jason Roberts Band. … Other top local options include Micky & the Motorcars at Saxon Bub, the Bluebonnets at ABGB and Mingo Fishtrap at One-2-One Bar.